As the 2015 general elections in Nigeria draw closer, an unprecedented peace pact was facilitated by Ambassador James F. Entwistle along with the three gubernatorial candidates and leaders of the religious communities in Rivers state. The event was witnessed by the Resident Electoral Commissioner for the state.
The event took place at a press conference held on January 22, 2015 at Le’Meridien Hotel, Port Harcourt, following a constructive dialogue with religious leaders about the importance of peaceful and credible elections.
Ambassador Entwistle in his opening remarks stated that, “the United States joins these eminent Nigerians in calling on all Nigerian politicians, candidates, traditional leaders, and notable citizens to speak out against the use of violence and to publicly urge others to do the same.” He called all politicians and their supporters to renounce inflammatory rhetoric, the use of thugs, intimidation of voters or rivals, and incitement of election-related violence. This, he said, “is unacceptable to the Nigerian people and unacceptable to the United States.” He added that“challenges to election results should be pursed through legal means.”
Fr. Edward Obi, Chairman, Dawn in the Creeks Board of Advisors, read the pledge at the press conference after which Ambassador Entwistle, the three candidates and religious leaders signed the pledge:
I, (name), do hereby pledge on behalf of myself and my supporters, to promote peaceful participation in the 2015 elections and beyond. I further pledge to accept the outcomes of the elections, whatever they may be, and to seek redress for any perceived injustice through legal and legitimate channels.
The following signed this pledge:
- Ambassador James Entwistle
- APC Candidate – Dr. Dakuku Peterside
- PDP Candidate – Chief Nyesom Wike
- Labor Candidate – Prince Tonye Princewill
- Dr. Winston Iwo – Bishop, Grace Covenant Ministries
- Alhaj Nassir Uhor, VP General, Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs
- Rev. Camillus Archibong Etokudoh, Bishop, Diocese of Port Harcourt
- Rev. Ignatious Crosby Ogborun Kattey, Archibishop of the Niger Delta
- Fr. Edward Obi, Chairman, Dawn in the Creeks Board of Advisors.